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Giorgio C. April 13, 2014 at 10:43 am
Carl, This piece you wrote hits close to home. I lost a dear friend to theRead More drugs/incarceration/drugs cycle. He was a user, not a dealer. He didn't use/drink and drive, so he wasn't a threat to society . All his life, he was medicating himself. I knew him as a kid in grade school right up until he passed at age 48, on his birthday. I watched him cry as I tried to take a bottle of vodka out of his hands. At one point along his painful journey, someone in the system discovered he was clinically depressed, something that ran in his family. His final lock-up was with some really bad dudes which scared the hell out of my friend, and demoralized him even further. This beautiful person was not only battling a nightmare of drugs, but also the additional nightmare of being treated like a criminal. He was not a criminal. He was a sick person who needed help. He often talked about the real prison being the one inside of him. That is the one he was seeking to be free from. My last conversation with him was between a sheet of glass, using the prison phone. He tried to remain positive, even helping some of the inmates with their physical and spiritual conditioning and even dietary improvements. In this one facility, he was like a spiritual guru. I still have the letters he sent me, complete with smiley faces. Then they sent him to some facility much harder, down near the Mexican border. Imagine this, that when he got out of jail, part of his terms of probation was to be drug-free, otherwise return to jail. This situation needs to be handled via a risk-assessment approach, but instead, is handled from a morality-assesment approach. The police officers (morality enforcers) are often the kinds of folks who in addition to simply doing their job enforcing the law, are of the mindset that these people like my friend were bad people. Some officers are compassionate, but it is my observation that many are not. The truly bad folks are the dealers. Some dealers do not even touch the stuff themselves, that for them, it is simply about their financial gain. They are cold and uncaring and prey on the weak. I know everyone will say to hit the user hard, as this will slow the drug pipeline, but I have to disagree. Hit the dealers harder. I lost a friend. His family lost a sibling, a son, a brother, and an uncle. But we still have plenty of dealers, yes?
Carl Petersen III April 14, 2014 at 09:22 am
Giorgio C.: Thank you for sharing. I am sorry for your loss.
Carl Petersen III April 14, 2014 at 02:29 pm
"I just signed a petition to Governor Jerry Brown: Provide Judges the ability to send convictedRead More drug addicts to treatment centers, instead of prison." https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fpetitions.moveon.org%2Fsign%2Fsave-money-save-people.fb40%3Fsource%3Ds.fb.ty%26r_by%3D8112017
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 7, 2014 at 10:41 am
Carl Petersen III, you are always SPOT ON with your observations, and I commend you for that.Read More Unfortunately we live in a world where it is not rewarding to tell the truth and adhere to it. Any one can argue anything; hell I can argue with you that the Sun doesn't shine every morning, even though it does. And that's what a lot of the people like the one you are referring to does. When these people discuss any matter please keep the old adage of "WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE, me or your LYING EYES", at the forefront of your thoughts!!! Thank you....I YIELD THE FLOOR.....
Carl Petersen III April 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Thank you. I always enjoy your input.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 8, 2014 at 01:12 am
You're welcome!!!!!! "All it takes for lies and proganda to flourish is for good men, andRead More women, to stand by and do nothing"
robert larsen April 1, 2014 at 03:38 pm
Dan, Thank you. That was a very insightful reply and I have to admit, I agree with you. I am justRead More weary of the constant rhetoric back & forth between neocons (Team Red) blaming Obama versus liberals (Team Blue) blaming Bush and Reagan, and the media playing on this to their own advantage. The image I have of our 2-party system is two serpents, coiled around each other, feeding off corporations and our tax dollars. But you're correct. Even if it were several serpents, the public would still choose willful ignorance and listen to Fox & CNN, versus educate themselves beyond corporate media. When my son's combat outpost was under fire, daily, in eastern Afghanistan, and soldiers were being wounded & killed, Michael Jackon's death dominated the news for nearly a month. I could barely found anything on the war in Afghanistan except on the last page. That is when I left my comfort zone. I then began to seek my understanding from broader sources. Thanks for your great comment.
Dan Schmitt April 2, 2014 at 11:37 am
Robert, Long ago, I came to the conclusion that television is designed to make us stupid, andRead More no television does that better than supposed news networks like CNN and Fox. Local and national news stations are no better. There's numerous reasons for that. One involves input and output. Television is a one-way street. There's input bombarding the viewer, but there's no output (thinking from the viewer). That's not how we get the most out of our brains. If absolutely baffles me how anyone can sit for hours watching talking heads "talk their heads off". Heck, I love sports, but the sports talking heads are nothing more than children in grown men's (and women's) bodies. So, what does that say for the viewers? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . We cannot expect the media to "enlighten us". The one possible exception is PBS programs like The Newshour. Everything else is mere entertainment poorly disguised as "news." . . . . . . We cannot expect politicians to enlighten us; although some can at times. That's why I READ! For example, with the Tea Party coming on the scene shortly after Obama becoming President in 2008, all I heard from their quarters was "We need to get back to Constitutionally limited government and what our founding fathers really intended." Then, I began hearing some on the left also talk about "What our founding fathers really intended." . . . . . . . . . . . So, I began reading books about the writing of the Constitution and biographies on some of the founding fathers. What I discovered was that both sides today (liberals and conservatives) are generally full of beans and know very little about the Constitution and what historical figures like Jefferson, Hamilton, and Franklin were really thinking at the time. So, I guess I'm saying we Americans have a responsibility to enlighten ourselves about the important issues facing us, and to expect the television media to do it is complete folly. . . . . . . . . If you're interesting in learning just how the Constitution came to be read Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier's "Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787."
robert larsen April 2, 2014 at 08:54 pm
Great points you made! My best word picture to describe the American public when it comes toRead More relying on the mainstream media for their news, is "hypnotized bovine." I lost faith in the Tea Party movement when it was hijacked by Sarah Palin and the Teavangelicals. Her mantra was, "We're gonna 'take back America." While this appealed to Joe Six Pack, she fell short of offering a description of what "take back America" meant, other than the rhetoric you mentioned regarding a return to our Constitution. You very correct in stating the need for educating ourselves on the historical roots of our Constitution, our Founding Fathers, and how these "ideas" were birthed from the Renaissance and the French Enlightenment. The process of drafting our Constitution was far from a cohesive movement and it was a long and often very heated, divisive process. But Americans tend to love dualism. Go Right - Go Left. Good guys versus bad guys, etc. But our historical beginnings just were not quite that simple. Thank you for the references and I will make it a point to get these.
Tom Ontis March 23, 2014 at 02:54 pm
I was in Orange County a number of years ago, there was a 3.4 that we felt and the LA news did fourRead More hours on it. I went back to sleep at some point.
Albany Resident March 24, 2014 at 09:29 am
The trick they are trying to pull is to have so much coverage of the quake that no matter what timeRead More a person turns on the TV, they don't have to change the channel to find out more information about the breaking event. The downside is that if you watch more than a few minutes, it becomes super repetitive, but hey, you got the info you needed without having to change the channel. (also, your mention of Fox News in the subhead still counts as a mention)
Carl Petersen III April 2, 2014 at 02:37 pm
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger January 18, 2014 at 06:05 pm "Carl continues to use the termRead More "Teabaggers", after been told many times of the hateful use of that he spits out. You Carl, had a long comment section where people expressed their feelings about this. The "well They called themselves" ...and again Carl, a few did" _________________________________________________________ http://0.tqn.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/j/L/3/teabagging-jesus-democracy.jpg
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger April 2, 2014 at 03:17 pm
"The "well They called themselves" ...and again Carl, a few did use it until MSNBCRead More used it in a negative way in 2009"...AND THAT PICK IS FROM 2009....EXACTLY MY POINT!!! http://moronswithsigns.blogspot.com/2009/10/jesus-forgives-you.html
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger April 2, 2014 at 03:23 pm
And three months later? A half quote to justify your vile hateful speech from the "tolerantRead More left" ?? And as the full quote states, is was used in 2009 until the "tolerant liberals changed the meaning., THE PIC WAS 2009 ________________________________________________......FULL QUOTE:______________________________________ Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger January 18, 2014 at 06:05 pm 1) Phillyboy January 18, 2014 at 02:13 PM "In Hillary's case , Four Americans died. Her response " What difference does it make " TO WHICH CARL ANSWERED___________________________________________________ The gospel according to the Tea Baggers. As you already know this is not her complete quote and taking it out of context changes its meaning. Sort of like "you didn't build that." ___________________________________________________ FACT: This is "her complete quote: ( http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1301/23/sitroom.03.html ) Carl continues to use the term "Teabaggers", after been told many times of the hateful use of that he spits out. You Carl, had a long comment section where people expressed their feelings about this. The "well They called themselves" ...and again Carl, a few did use it until MSNBC used it in a negative way in 2009. If you want to discuss, stop using it. If you want more mud slinging, and the gutter effect in your blog, you are doing that now. The ones who cry racism all day, but feel completely justified of doing exaclty that against those they hate.
rubberband February 16, 2014 at 04:07 pm
Very true: ".... What this means is that, when it comes to achieving goals, an extremelyRead More determined and persistent bear is effectively more intelligent than a lazy human being....." http://www.forbes.com/sites/yishanwong/2011/06/04/how-to-accomplish-difficult-goals-be-persistent-like-a-bear/
Panglonymous February 16, 2014 at 06:35 pm
Cheers, brother bear :-)
rubberband February 16, 2014 at 06:38 pm
/....*clink*
Status Quo January 8, 2014 at 09:08 am
Six ciphered comments, do not reveal an argument made. Whistlin' appears in many forms, and theRead More coding of 'Charlie B's comments is emerging. Whether 'Charlie B' proves or not, that he is utilizing his own coding within ciphered comments is a beholder 'thingie. "knuckle-headedness(sic)" v "boneheaded" is is also dependent upon the fact, that commenters do not burden themselves with facing their opponent. A correct equivocation is who's zoomin' who? My overview to coded messaging is insignificant, but I'm pretty sure who's doin' the zoomin' and has developed disrespect.
UPinSmoke January 8, 2014 at 12:10 pm
Hi Status. ... Happy New Year! you may or may not be aware of it, but i have a feeling that manyRead More here believe that You speak in code --- almost most of the time. Plain talk (wording) can sometimes compensate for our inability here on patch to see facial expression or hear vocal inflection. (unless, of course, your meaning is meant to be cryptic. But, perhaps That should be used in moderation for maximum effect.) ................ So, make it Plain, man. Cheers.
Status Quo January 10, 2014 at 08:44 pm
'UPinSMOKE', Thanks for the heads-up, and in the future... I will consider not sugar-coating how IRead More feel, saying what I really mean and care a little less ~ how I say it. As I have stated before 'UP', my meanings are not to be confused, but some confusion may be picked up along the way.
Conrad January 2, 2014 at 08:45 am
Status, if you're interested in finding existing blogs that are more to your liking you can findRead More them by clicking on the names of those commenters you agree with. You will be taken to a history of the last 40 comments they have made, which will probably include several different blogs. It's an easy way to find blog posts from all over that normally wouldn't show in your Patch provided list. A lot of them will just be about local stuff but there are always a few that cover topics with national interest.
Status Quo January 3, 2014 at 07:22 pm
"FORTIFIED- I AM YOUR ROCK January 01, 2014 at 11:42 PM What the heck does thatRead More mean,..."message received 5x5""... Five by five essentially means, best response possible in 'signal-to-noise ratio' as to quality of broadcast and reception.
Status Quo January 3, 2014 at 07:25 pm
'Status Quo' does not deliberately confuse... however some, may picked-up along the way ifRead More fortunate.
Charlie B February 9, 2014 at 09:34 am
Frankie say relax. Fort say "The right used to be the ones more controlling of people. This hasRead More shifted to the left side. In my view, this is why Global warming, and agenda 21, is used. The environmental ideas, civil rights gender rights, and such." >>>>> YIKES! And night is day, up is down, and the Dems are still the racist party --> So say the vaginal probing, vote denying, clean water destroying, authoritarian leaders of the GOP and their willing authoritarian followers--still pushing against "environmental ideas, civil rights, gender rights, and such." Pretty sad. And the reference to Agenda 21 is a clear indicator of today's level of right wing paranoia (and the title of another book by the con man known as Glenn Beck).
Charlie B February 9, 2014 at 11:02 am
Kept up nights by personal demons? Worried that everyone might someday achieve equality? Suffer fromRead More visions the UN may succeed in addressing poverty? Try Exorcism by Skype! http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/02/06/a-failed-televangelist-exorcised-my-demons-over-skype.html
Charlie B April 19, 2014 at 07:47 am
The Triggers of Economic Inequality Pasted fromRead More <http://billmoyers.com/content/the-triggers-of-economic-inequality/> JP Morgan Admits Trickle Down Economics Has Completely Failed Pasted from <http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/18/jp-morgan-admits-trickle-down-economics-has-completely-failed/>
rubberband February 21, 2014 at 08:21 am
That has got to be, hands down, one of the most ignorant, sickening, mind-blowing rants I've everRead More seen. Absolutely unf**ing believable....This man is a preacher? He is supposed to give wise council and teach other people about how to live? Sick. Just sick, man.
Charlie B February 21, 2014 at 10:06 am
Where Truth & Reconciliation meet Ignorance & Mean-spiritedness.Read More http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/02/21/3313571/georgia-approves-confederate-license-plate-design/
Status Quo February 22, 2014 at 10:05 am
Yes, I see both the ignorance and the mean-spiritedness of 'ChaЯly B's posts wherever he placesRead More them.
Lorna D. Rudnikas April 1, 2014 at 09:33 pm
mmmm......
Charlie B April 1, 2014 at 11:17 pm
Mr. Quo, you can probably thank an arrogant atheist scientist for keeping your dumb ass alive, ifRead More not now, then in the future. And Tang. Don't forget the Tang.
Charlie B April 1, 2014 at 11:18 pm
The most influential religion today is Capitalism, a faith-based opportunist religion known for it'sRead More efficiency and abuse. . .
Charlie B February 6, 2014 at 09:04 pm
Stifle Edith (sorry, but how did we get to yet another Fox talking point? Next up, Benghazi?)
Batman February 6, 2014 at 09:26 pm
"Fool me once, shame on you." "Fool me twice, shame on me". Last time it wasRead More "new math". And when it was all over an entire generation couldn't add or subtract. Now it's "new history", "new english", "new science"...
Status Quo February 7, 2014 at 09:59 am
'Lori Walker'... you will make an excellent clerk.
Status Quo March 30, 2014 at 08:12 pm
Now the calls of jingoism and sloganeering are fair game! By jingo!... I call for an open season onRead More on Jingo's and Slogs near the narrow path toward the Last Resort of liberalism. Good night.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger March 30, 2014 at 08:54 pm
Ziegler, ...The road less traveled. You went the maturity route. A much better life, but you won'tRead More get a reality show that way. I agree with your post. Yes, of course we have our own positions that we feel run more with one party or the other. We could both debate why we feel our party is better for woman rights. And yes, I truly believe the Republican party is better not just in general, but for women's rights as well.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger April 1, 2014 at 05:28 pm
Ziegler ...I'm going to put this on Carls "war on women blog. (Read More http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2014/03/megyn-kelly-exposes-cair-for-defending.html )
Charlie B January 4, 2014 at 05:21 pm
Exodus http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2013/10/millions-flee-obamacare.html
Charlie B February 27, 2014 at 10:52 am
Interesting article on the ACA website and how it was "saved." -- "Obama's TraumaRead More Team: How an unlikely group of high-tech wizards revived Obama's troubled HealthCare.gov website." Fairly long article that gives great insight into big IT project management (i.e., this is not about the politics). http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2166770,00.html
Donald Lee February 27, 2014 at 03:05 pm
Looks like a great article, and nothing in it is a surprise to anyone who has worked in highRead More technology for someone in marketing (or politics) where the goalposts move constantly and the biggest obstacle is actually that the customer doesn't REALLY know what he wants. These big tech projects fall down in these circumstances because the Big Egos that drive them are utterly irrelevant to the computers that run the code. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work, and no amount of spinning will fix it. The other big reason these politically driven Big Projects fail is that those who drive them have a totally unrealistic attitude about what's hard. The web site is not so hard, but the human interaction is hard. Making the connection between the technology and the people using it is hard. The project management - when requirements are constantly changing - is hard. The technology per-se is hard only when schedules become impossible when fundamental assumptions are changed underneath you at the last moment. Wars are like this, too. The difference is that when politics intrudes into war, it isn't just servers that crash, people die.
Conrad November 29, 2013 at 09:28 am
Nope, I'm not that important. If I would disappear today there are some people who would beRead More devastated for awhile, and a few others who would be sad for a short time. The universe is vast beyond my imagining and it is definitely not conscious of me. You weren't even conscious of me before you came across my post. I'm not saying this out of some kind of humility, I know that I have worth. I'm just being practical.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger November 29, 2013 at 09:36 pm
Jock, "Tammy's in love"? You are either no spring chicken, or your parents played 50'sRead More music.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger November 29, 2013 at 10:58 pm
Conrad "is definitely not conscious of me" .....really? How do you know? It is impossibleRead More to state that as fact. And our conscious may not be the only level of consciousness. If you shot yourself at 40 miles an hour into space, you can be a trillion miles from anything, yet retain the same speed. The some total of every single atom movement, and gravity is what your body is in linked with. Every movement you make on Earth has some miniscule affect on everything in the whole universe. How do you know you never come back in another body? How do you know their really isn't God, heaven, and hell? How do you know Your not really from 40 years in the future. By that time, (40 years), quantum computers will actually be able to make homegrown universes in your own home. You, and your buddies decided to play a computer game, and you are here simply in the "game" right now. By the way, think about this. Of all the million years to be alive, isn't it an extreme low probability that you are in the exact time period of the eve of computer abilities to create a universe. Also, when the computer invented ---and released universes start to happen---well, when those evolve, they will do the dame thing as their predecessors did. They will in turn make universes. And so on..and so on. What are the odds that we are the very first in an infinite line of universes. How do you know all the people who legally died for a few minute in the hospital all say they the unexplainable feeling of total love etc. How do you know any of the above is real, or not? And, back to the start. The double slit experiment, proves our conscious affect the universe.....how does in know we are observing it?
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger January 14, 2014 at 08:05 pm
LORNA AND SONIA, I am beginning to love you two. The link reminds me of the debate here. It's kindaRead More like it's your job to continue. Reminds me of something I saw when I was a kid. It's less than three minutes, but you have to watch at least the last thirty seconds to get the punch line. ----- --- ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kerUbfOQTW0 )
Lorna D. Rudnikas January 14, 2014 at 08:58 pm
Well Fortified, thank you for opening my eyes even further to the silliness.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger January 14, 2014 at 09:24 pm
And Lorna, please understand, I was just offering humor, not criticism. Keep up the good work!
Carl Petersen III November 4, 2013 at 07:11 am
The First Amendment gives us a right to free speech. It is up to us to use that speech responsibly.Read More http://goo.gl/vzjrG9
Tank Murdoch November 4, 2013 at 10:24 am
All politics is locally, usually when districts are changed it backfires. Many people in congressRead More are loved locally but maybe not nationwide. Like Obama with plummeting poll numbers
Anita Stapen November 12, 2013 at 11:50 am
Unlike California, where we have tried to institute some neutrality to districting (see post by TomRead More Ontis Oct 27), most states are blatantly partisan. In many of the states where the "Tea Party" has gained power, the governor is Republican, and often the congress, and the districts for those Tea Party representatives are gerrymandered: they don't have to worry about re-election or answering to a more moderate viewpoint. I don't know what can be done about this. We are told to "vote them out of office", but there's no chance of that. So they control the US Government!
theresa freligh October 22, 2013 at 02:55 am
Out Of Order, Civility in Politics is a FREE movie being shown on Thursday evening 10-24 at HarfordRead More Community College at 6 pm in E132. Join us for a free movie and a great discussion about politics.
Fred Ceja October 22, 2013 at 11:48 pm
I wouldn’t just blame the republicans for the about 20% of government that shut down. I thinkRead More the democrats and the too big to fail bank puppet Obama are equally to blame. Both parties just play the blame game to keep us busy fighting, when we should be coming together around the Constitution and Bill of Rights. I do agree that we need to get off our behinds and look at what each politician stands for before we give them our vote. The future of the country depends on us waking up to the reality that the Big banks have taken over our Government and are rapidly taking us into an enormous debt that will collapse this country.
John March 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm
Big banks and the civil service pension shakedown
Illustration by Sydney
not Carl Peterson lll November 1, 2013 at 10:02 pm
Some used the term in early 2009 before they new the slang definition.They started being taunted onRead More MSNBC.
Carl Petersen III November 1, 2013 at 10:04 pm
Buzlightyear aka marty November 02, 2013 at 01:02 AM "Some used the term in early 2009 beforeRead More they new the slang definition.They started being taunted on MSNBC." ___________________________________________________ They acted without knowing the facts? Imagine that.
not Carl Peterson lll November 1, 2013 at 10:11 pm
OK, so your comment suggests you understand that fact. Now we are clear what you know
Carl Petersen III October 9, 2013 at 05:59 pm
The Beast ! October 09, 2013 at 08:45 PM "He NEEDS to be BI-PARTISIAN and quit representing theRead More democrats he is the president and should negogiate between both sides." ____________________________________________________ So what you are saying is that elections should not have consequences.
Mark Paxson October 9, 2013 at 06:11 pm
The Beast ... do you realize that Obamacare is already a compromise. Obama would have preferred aRead More single payer solution or something akin to that. Instead, he offered Republicans what they wanted all along ... an individual mandate requiring individuals to provide for their own health care insurance. That's just one compromise. Do you want more. How about this, the continuing resolution passed by Dems included a 7% reduction in federal spending. The problem is that the Tea Party believes that compromise means giving them everything they want. There is no compromise that is possible with the Tea Party. When has any President ignored his ideals and those of his party to act purely as a bi-partisan. If the American people did not want Obamacare, they would not have re-elected the man. It's a fundamental concept -- Republicans lost in 2008, the legislation was passed, they lost again in 2012 (including the popular vote for the House). Yet they somehow believe that they have a mandate to make this happen. They don't.
Lee Nicholson October 11, 2013 at 10:17 am
" If the American people did not want Obamacare, they would not have re-elected the man. "Read More Correction: health care reform was part of candidate Obama's platform in 2008. So, more accurately, you might say "If the American people did not want Obamacare, they would not have elected the man twice". This is all noise by a dying and increasingly insignificant political movement (Tea Party). Too bad so many poor among us must suffer through a federal shutdown while the US House of Representatives throws yet another tantrum in the wake of a resounding GOP defeat in 2012.
nonoise October 7, 2013 at 07:52 am
Those that are middle class and cannot afford health insurance are not as lucky as your mom that canRead More afford it. And, even with Obamacare health care is still unaffordable for many that struggle to make ends meet.
nonoise October 7, 2013 at 07:53 am
And, now if you can still not afford Obamacare the only choice is to get a fine which you can notRead More afford either.
Carl Petersen III October 7, 2013 at 08:47 am
Nonoise: It is readily apparent that you are drawing conclusions without any actual data.
A constituent at Congressman Brad Sherman’s Town Hall on 9/15/13
Carl Petersen III September 29, 2013 at 09:16 am
Nadja Adolf September 24, 2013 at 06:55 PM "mental health professional who did not bother toRead More prosecute them for their violent offenses" ___________________________________________________ Mental health professionals do not prosecute, they treat.
Carl Petersen III September 29, 2013 at 09:17 am
On Tuesday the Obamacare exchanges will open for business. Is it time for Republicans to abandonRead More “repeal and replace” in favor of “cooperate and repair?” ___________________________________________________ My new blog is up at http://northridge.patch.com/groups/carl-petersen-iiis-blog/p/try-them-and-you-may-i-say
Nadja Adolf September 29, 2013 at 02:18 pm
Sorry about the type. What I meant to say was that although the individual was repeatedly arrested,Read More no one bothered to prosecute him despite his committing dangerous and felonious offenses. Had he been prosecuted in Seattle, he'd likely still be in prison or on felony parole in Washington state. The intended statement on mental health professionals is that they gave individuals who were clearly dangerous and making credible threats no treatment. Or, in other cases, police never contacted mental health authorities despite having bizarre encounters with the offenders before they went on their murderous rampages - in Arizona, in the Navy Yard case. In the Aurora theater case, a psychiatrist decided that the patient was of no concern when he withdrew from school - and did not bother to notify local mental health authorities that he was performing such charming acts as mailing her letters containing detailed threats. In the V-Tech case, for some reason the court didn't enter the future spree killer's name in the database after adjudicating him insane.
Carl Petersen III September 15, 2013 at 09:22 pm
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato September 15, 2013 at 01:19 PM "Here is my take on the situation inRead More Syria http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3854560" _______________________________________________________ It is interesting that you brought up the no fly zones in Iraq as I have been thinking that these have not been included enough in the discussions about Syria. I think that these need to be recognized for playing at least some part in the fact that no WMDs were found in the country after Bush's invasion.
Ray Guarino September 16, 2013 at 07:27 am
If one subscribes to the idea that big government is bad and that growth in government is bad, thenRead More a sincere analysis of American history and the causes of governmental growth will make one a pacifist. Warfare is the main cause for out of control, wasteful, exponential growth in government spending and bureaucracy. American Exceptionalism is a feel good, nebulous phrase that serves well to massage the ego and expand our collective vanity, but in the final analysis, the foreign affairs policies of the Obama admnistration have served our country well. The adminsitration has ended an unecessary war in Iraq that added hundreds of billions to our national debt, and is now winding down the war in Afghanistan since the objectives, remove the Taliban, displace Al Qaeda, and kill Bin Laden have been met. Obama's handling of Syria thus far has been excellent when one considers the concessions obtained without firing a shot; Syria admitted it has weapons of mass destruction and is willing to hand them over. The best way to keep America strong is to stop fighting unecessary wars and to use the military sparingly, as TR once said, "speak softly and carry a big stick". Obama has done just that.
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato January 20, 2014 at 11:00 am
I loved this dialogue. It all remains to be seen how things work out over there. I know that theRead More vast majority of Americans will never get to any nation in the Middle East, meaning that opinions expressed here and elsewhere are 100% formed by reading/seeing what the media feeds citizens. I only hope that the opinions of those of us who have direct on-the-ground experience "over there" carry some weight in your minds, and from the thoughtful comments here, that might be the case. Thank you. :-)
Carl Petersen III September 11, 2013 at 07:04 pm
GreenInOC September 11, 2013 at 09:27 PM "but we don't live in a vacuum. Past events influencedRead More current." _____________________________________________________ I don't see how us going after Assad's chemical weapons capabilities has to do with any prior support that we may have given the rebels.
Millbrae resident September 11, 2013 at 08:12 pm
I was already against the idea. but after watching Kerry trying to sell it last night, I came toRead More realize how we definitely don't belong in this. Congress and the people have spoken. Involved for all the wrong reasons. And to top it off, I don't want to hear anything about anyone not listening to the UN. I couldn't believe the crap coming out of Kerry's mouth
GreenInOC September 12, 2013 at 07:03 am
@Carl Peterson III, you had stated that us going into Syria is a good idea if we don't take sides. IRead More was pointing out we ALREADY took a side so your hope is impossible. Still curious, what do you think military intervention is going to solve?
Carl Petersen III September 2, 2013 at 08:18 am
Libi Uremovic September 02, 2013 at 11:15 AM "and here lies the basis of the problem - when theRead More tea party candidates started wining elections the gop closed them down." _______________________________________________________ That is a different history than I remember. The Tea Party candidates do not seem to have a problem winning Primary Elections. It is the General Elections that seem to give them the problem.
Gary W Smith September 2, 2013 at 09:05 am
To Carl Petterson III: The Gadsten Flag description you provide is a little to sculpted,Read More suggestively negative and less accurate historically than it should be; perhaps this will help: "The timber rattlesnake and eastern diamondback rattlesnake both populate the geographical areas of the original thirteen colonies. Their use as a symbol of the American colonies can be traced back to the publications of Benjamin Franklin. In 1751, he made the first reference to the rattlesnake in a satirical commentary published in his Pennsylvania Gazette. It had been the policy of Britain to send convicted criminals to America, so Franklin suggested that they thank the British by sending rattlesnakes to England. - Benjamin Franklin's "Join, or Die" cartoon In 1754, during the French and Indian War, Franklin published his famous woodcut of a snake cut into eight sections. It represented the colonies, with New England joined together as the head and South Carolina as the tail, following their order along the coast. Under the snake was the message "Join, or Die". This was the first political cartoon published in an American newspaper. -When American colonies came to identify more with their own community and liberty than as vassals of the British empire, icons that were unique to the Americas became increasingly popular. The rattlesnake, like the bald eagle and American Indian, came to symbolize American ideals and society." As the American Revolution grew, the snake began to see more use as a symbol of the colonies. In 1774, Paul Revere added it to the title of his paper, the Massachusetts Spy, as a snake joined to fight a British dragon.[4] In December 1775, Benjamin Franklin published an essay in the Pennsylvania Journal under the pseudonym American Guesser in which he suggested that the rattlesnake was a good symbol for the American spirit:
Carl Petersen III September 2, 2013 at 11:14 am
Gary: Not sure how any of what you wrote contradicts what I said in my post.
Jeremiah August 25, 2013 at 08:15 am
Libi - a concept that you as an accountant should know - we do have money. The problem is where itRead More is concentrated at and the direction in which it is flowing. You are completely right in saying we as a nation need to address where our Democracy (actually Republic) is heading. Rather than being "government of the people by the people" we now see government controlled by capitalism gone wild with greed. This has resulted in a money flow from the middle class to the upper class with no corresponding return. This is causing a whole generation to begin grasping at socialistic principles to protect what little resources they have left from the greed at the top. Government (either party) is not the source of that greed - it is the capitalistic system controlling that government which is the real culprit. The large multinational companies, the insurance giants and the financial interests. **** I am not saying Capitalism is bad - in fact it is the reason our country became great - I am saying that when it becomes excessively greedy it begins creating the socialism that ultimately destroys it. We don't see eye to eye, but I think on this point we agree, don't we? **** Jeremiah
Robert Coleman August 25, 2013 at 10:26 am
Carl - I tahnk you for that article too. I'm one of the conservatives you allude to, but I stillRead More applaud your logic and research. I see Egypt as one of those situations with no easy solutions also. I admit some bias, since I have worked with the Egyptian Army. I have great respect for their leadership, if not for the organization as a whole. They may have executed a coup, but I'd still rather be a woman or a Christian in an Egypt run by them than by the Brotherhood. The Egyptian Army has been our friend for decades. I have joined in with them on more than a few exersises. They want to be our friend but will probably turn to our enemies (Russia, et al) or not so friendly friends (Saudi, et al) for needed assistance... a long term disaster. Oh well, as my sainted Aunt Sadie used to say, "Simple answers are for children and fools."
Carl Petersen III August 26, 2013 at 07:31 am
Robert Coleman August 25, 2013 at 01:26 PM "I admit some bias, since I have worked with theRead More Egyptian Army. I have great respect for their leadership, if not for the organization as a whole. They may have executed a coup, but I'd still rather be a woman or a Christian in an Egypt run by them than by the Brotherhood." ____________________________________________________ I am hopeful that those contacts with the military are what can save the day. The military has yet to prove that they will put on the road back to democracy, but if they do, I think that they should get our support. At this point, the Muslim Brotherhood is playing their best card which is to create as much chaos as possible and prevent another election from being held.
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